ISLAMORADA (CBSMiami/AP) — Wildlife officials are looking for answers after a crocodile was found dead in Florida Bay.

The croc’s body was found floating in the water near Islamorada on Sunday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The death appeared to have been caused by something other than a “natural death,” said FWC spokeswoman Carli Segelson.

Last month, the same crocodile laid its eggs in a flower bed in a Lower Matecumbe Key yard and the FWC took the croc to live in an undeveloped bayside area a few miles away.

It is illegal to feed, harass, possess, or kill the threatened American crocodile in Florida. Killing one is a third-degree felony.

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